Asociación Intercultural de Yachaks AIYAPU PUMAPUNGO
The Intercultural Association of Yachaks “Aiyapu-Pumapungo” promotes: training; interaction with universities through research projects; cultural and holistic care centers that also have spaces for Ancestral and Intercultural Medicine; the inclusion of ancestral and Andean knowledge in higher education curricula; among other issues.
The Ministry of Public Health (MSP) in 2012 created the first organization of ancestral medicine agents called Intercultural Association of Yachacs “”Aiyapu-Pumapungo””, with the objective of preserving and promoting ancestral medicine. In 2017, the MSP granted it legal status, being recognized as part of the National Health System.Its president is Roberto Ochoa, known as: “”Taita Roky””. Belonging to the National Health System allows them to provide Ancestral and Intercultural Medicine services, in addition to creating comprehensive health care protocols.
Among the main services provided by the association in the canton are: cures for fright, bad air, evil eye, flowering baths for good luck, strengthening the aura through energetic cleansing, analyzing and removing bad energies, curing nerves, gastritis, ulcers with natural plants, treatments for blood circulation problems, nerves, high blood pressure, liver, kidneys, rehabilitation for spine and fractures, relaxing and healing massages, among others.
The main objective is to recover and strengthen the Kañari-Andean ancestral medicine, so that articulated and coordinated with the allopathic system and others, develop protocols that dynamize the promotion of the intercultural health system and its impact on comprehensive care model of the national health system. Its specific purposes is to recover, systematize and socialize the ancestral knowledge coexisting with health agents within rural communities and urban neighborhoods of Cuenca, in addition, classify the Kañari-Shuar ancestral medicine studied according to the Andean cosmovision and also conform the documentation center of knowledge and ancestral medicine, and intercultural, to promote education, training, research and health prevention, as well as new intercultural health agents.